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Skimmia

 

a genus of plants of the family Rutaceae. The plants are evergreen shrubs that reach 2 m in height. The oval, alternate leaves have translucent glandules. The bisexual or unisexual flowers are tetramerous or pentamerous and gathered in apical panicles. The fruits are drupes with two to four one-seeded ovules; they are usually bright red in color. There are seven or eight species, which are distributed mainly in China, Japan, and the Himalayas. S. repens grows in the USSR. S. japonica and S. reevesiana (also known as S. fortunei) are grown in greenhouses; they are especially beautiful during fruit bearing.

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Similarly, cyclamen look great bunched together as their colours are so dazzling and in other pots I have gone for more muted colour schemes, such as the Carex 'Everest' mixed with Skimmia 'white dwarf '.
USE Skimmia Rubella, with its cherry wine buds and aromatic leaves, in containers to decorate doorsteps at Christmas.
As skimmias are shade tolerant, we can all find a corner of the garden to suit them but they do need a healthy, moisture retentive soil and so an annual mulch in spring with leaf mould, bark or peat may be necessary if your garden soil is very free draining.
Plant it with Skimmia japonica 'Rubella', a compact male variety with attractive red-margined, dark green leaves, which is ideal for pots and troughs.
And Skimmias are particularly useful because they will flourish happily in shade.
Skimmias like to be in semi shade in well-drained acid soil which has been enriched with organic matter.
Recent severe frost has also reduced opportunities for planting, but attractive camellias, skimmias and rhododendrons can be kept in a frost free place until milder weather arrives.
Most skimmias do well in alkaline soil but skimmia japonica reevesiana is an exception.
GAULTHERIA PROCUMBENS Also known as wintergreen, these creeping shrubs are fantastic for winter containers, combining well with skimmias, winter heathers and ivy.
Skimmias thrive in acid soil so if you are planting them in a pot, use ericaceous compost.
YOU see lots of these evergreen berry-producing plants in garden centres at this time of year as they're perfect for perking up winter pots, combining well with winter heathers and skimmias.
A ADRIENNE SAYS: Most skimmias are either male or female.